Case Deal – 3 Bottles of each Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir Domaine Bruno Sorg, 2018, Alsace, France £19.00
This is the source of some of the finest, richest and most concentrated wines in Alsace.
Founded by Bruno & Renee Sorg in 1965, with the wines now being made by their son Francois, this is a tiny producer who produces a range of wines of staggering quality – that they remain virtually unknown can only be due to the fact the family are not natural self-publicists, and production is tiny.
Bruno spent 30 years secretly buying parcels of land and he and his son Francois realised a dream ten years ago with the final purchase of a plot of steep garrigue in the heart of the Grand Cru Pfersigberg. This great vineyard is planted with Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris and the fruit was used for the first time in 2004.
In 2004 Francois Sorg built a temperature controlled winery just outside the village. Francois says he now has time to think instead of climbing up and down ladders and stairs. The wines were always first division but now they have that extra dimension.
Nose filled with summer berries, cherries & spicy aromas reflected in the a beautifully balanced palate, soft tannins. Elegance personified
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Pair with lean beef and chicken dishes, dishes with mushrooms and truffles, rabbit dishes and cold cuts of meat
Loveblock Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago, New Zealand £23.50
Perched high in the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, Loveblock feels a world away from the agricultural hustle and bustle below. Kim and Erica Crawford acquired this wild patch of land in 2008 and have turned their organic farm into a haven of biodiversity. It is here they make a Sauvignon Blanc of constrained elegance and texture. While in Central Otago, Kim and Erica farm five different clones of Pinot Noir on their 9-hectare ‘Someone’ s Darling’ vineyard, planted on sand over schist close to Bendigo, in the warmer climes of this most southerly wine region.
The grapes are pumped straight to tank without crushing in order to leave some whole berries and stems. After a 5-day cold soak the must was warmed and fermentation was spontaneous. The ferment was hand plunged twice daily until dry when it was pressed off. The wine then underwent full malolactic fermentation in tank. Roughly half of this wine was aged in neutral oak.
Legend has it that the body of a young man was buried on the land back in the 1860s. The young man’s grave was simply marked “Somebody’s Darling lies buried here” – we named the vineyard ‘Someone’s Darling’.
Ripe black cherry with smoky notes and hints of mushroom peeking out behind rich fruit. Fleshy black plum, with layers of cherry and sweet berries that play on the palate and dance with notes of violet.
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Serve with iron rich foods such as game, pigeon & liver dishes in particular and game charcuterie